With dire proclamations about California's rapidly dwindling water supply, and terms like "megadrought" being thrown around, one can forgive the average San Francisco resident for thinking the city might do something to quickly address a nonstop stream of water gushing from a faulty pipe. However, the average San Francisco resident would be wrong. The faulty plumbing, located in the Holly Court Public Housing Project near Bernal Hill, was indeed left unchecked. For two months. After repeated calls to 311 to notify the city.
Holly Court resident Starnisha Bryant first reported the problem to the city on July 17th. And then on July 28th. And then again on August 7th.
It was only after the pressure from the leak grew so high that water shot out of her washing machine hose, flooding every room in her apartment in the process, that the city finally stepped in and fixed the problem on August 8th.
ABC's 7 On Your Side spoke with Bryant about her experience, and it's clear she found the entire ordeal exasperating.
She described the flooding as "like a waterfall."
That the water ran 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for two months is outrageous enough. That it took the flooding of Bryant's apartment for the city to do anything about the leak just makes the situation all the more absurd.
"My whole thing was the waste of water, that was going on too long," Bryant, echoing all of our thoughts, told ABC 7.
This incident comes on the heels of an agreement between San Francisco and U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to pump $1.4 billion into San Francisco's public housing system. At the time the deal was announced last February, Mayor Lee told residents that the influx of cash would allow San Francisco to "ensure that San Francisco public housing is clean, safe and in good condition for our most in need families.”
How's that coming along, Mr. Mayor?